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Duncan Stewart (Uruguayan politician)

Duncan Antonio Stewart Agell
Interim President of Uruguay
In office
March 1 – March 21, 1894
Preceded byJulio Herrera y Obes
Succeeded byJuan Idiarte Borda
Personal details
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Montevideo, Uruguay
Political partyColorado
Spouse(s)Delfina García Vargas

Duncan Antonio Stewart Agell (1833 – 1923), was a Uruguayan president of Scottish Argentine origin. He was interim President of Uruguay for a brief time in 1894.

Family background

He was the son of a marriage between Scotsman Duncan Stewart (of Acharn) and Uruguayan Dorotea Agell. Little is known about his life, but it is known he was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1833. His niece Matilde Pacheco married José Batlle y Ordóñez, who was later to become a long-serving Uruguayan President. His grand-nephews César Batlle Pacheco and Lorenzo Batlle Pacheco each served as a Deputy and Senator, and Rafael Batlle Pacheco was a notable journalist.

Early political career

Later he moved to Uruguay, where he worked as a civil servant and later as a politician. He served the ministry of economics in the administration of Lorenzo Batlle. In 1890 he was elected Senator.

He was a member of the Colorado Party (Uruguay).

President of Uruguay (interim)

The presidential election of 1894 resulted in a political crisis. For twenty-one days (between March 1 and March 21) none of the candidates received the necessary 45 votes to become president. During this time, Stewart, president of the Senate, exercised power as President of Uruguay.

Finally, Stewart ceded the office to Juan Idiarte Borda who won the presidency with 47 votes, but who was to be assassinated while President.


Later, Stewart opposed the grab of power by Juan Lindolfo Cuestas and was not active in politics from that time.

He married Delfina García Vargas and had eight children with her. Duncan Stewart died in 1923, having lived through practically all of Uruguay's post-independence history.

See also


Political offices
Preceded by
Julio Herrera y Obes
President of Uruguay

Succeeded by
Juan Idiarte Borda